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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,965
Reviews: 2,643
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 842 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of bsp77
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't had this in over a year when I found it fairly average. I was pretty sure that was heresy, so I decided to try it again as my palate has hit warp drive since then...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale yellow with ballooning foamy head which leaves layers and layers of sticky lace. Bubbles continue to issue forth from the bottom. Looks like a dollop of whipped cream is sitting right on top of the beer.

Smell: Pear, citrus, spice, clove and pepper. Smells tart and dry.

Taste: Spicy, peppery apple is dominant. Light almost wheat-like malts are in the background. Ever-so-slightly tart. Finishes with a spicy, almost metallic bitterness.

Feel: Highly carbonated and extremely light. Unbelievably dry.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing and exceedingly dangerous as the alcohol is completely hidden. A satanic brew indeed.

...what a difference a year makes.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a large soap-suddy head that slowly fades.
Malty and herbal smell: pale malt, coriander, oats, some light spicy hops, a bit of lemon and some doughy yeast.
Flavours mirror the aroma, with the additions of some sharp alcohol and a bold bitter finish. Very dry.
Carbonation is way over the top, too prickly.
Not sure what the hype is all about here?

Photo of JVEyck309
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this more times than I can remember. Always a go-to-beer for good occasions. Four pack of 11.2 oz brown stubby bottles poured into my Duvel tulip glass.
A good pour lends itself to a heavy tall standing head trying to climb out of the glass, very sticky foam clings as it slowly settles down into small mounds of froth. Color is pale light gold.
Smell is bready, pepper, banana, malt sweetness, maybe some grassy hops.. not sure (nose has been congested for over a month, damn seasonal allergies!) Taste is amazing, everything the smell would entice and more. Clean pale malt, crisp sparkling carbonation, juicy, warming alcohol, whatever it is! It's effin great.

If I were a rich man, this would replace my Budweiser nights.. But alas, craft brews are a once/twice/thrice a week thing in my circumstance which I begrudgingly accept. Despite 8.5% abv, I would drink this all night. An all around great beer which I always return to.

Anyone who says they don't like beer.. hand them a bottle of Duvel, we'll have converts for sure! Truth!

Photo of jamescain
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear golden look what a thick layer of head. As the beer sits small trails of bubbles shoot up to the top along the side of the glass.

With one smell of this beer I'm amazed by how aromatic it is. Delicate spice, cloves, malty sweetness and of course the famous Belgian yeast.

Its really smooth and extremely creamy a very quaffable. Remember those trails of bubbles, well they are the carbonation that provides a crispness to the finish. It is bitter and sweet at the same time, but more so sweet because of the yeast; distinct fruity malt esters, bold spiciness and with a touch of hops to add to the balance. Finishes slightly dry with some left over spice and hops for added bitterness.

Drink it slow and savor its' flavor.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i look to see the how size of the bottle after i pour (into a pint glass, all i have available), 11.2 fl.oz, it says pour unhurriedly right under it. boy i wish i read that first.

-nevertheless, a huge foamy head that seems like it doesnt plan on leaving. a hazing orange body probably due to it being bottle conditioned. i shall wait for the 3 inch head to shrink a bit.... so i waited for a minute or two, the head dissipated from the sides, leaving a little mountain of foam in the middle and lace all over the class, i wont penalize the weird appearance for me lousy pour.
-Has the smell of a witbier, sweet and citrusy. little orange and apple combination in the nose.
-this baby tastes just right. it has a well balanced flavor of sweet/citrus and a slight bitterness from malt and a subtle taste of alcohol.
the mouthfeel is of medium carbonation and the alcohol is warming down the throat and in my stomach.
this brew is pretty exceptionally drinkable. it isnt as strong as i thought a belgian strong pale ale would be, but it is definitely drinkable and a beer i'd love to have again.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard the rave reviews, got myself a bottle -- here in Paris, France. For this re-review, I even have a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Wow. A massive billowy head plumes forth, leaving a rocky, wavy top to it. Carbonation continually streams from the bottom, and the slightly cloudy gold color looks regal. The glass is

Smell: This smells better than most beers taste. Cloves, fruits -- notably pear, apple -- a wonderful blend of hops above the hint of malt. I only wish it were more pronounced. The smell is almost too weak for a beer this good.

Taste: This really does live up to the hype. a hoppy flash up front, leading to the fruit & spice taste, followed closely by a perfect malty/hop blend, that finishes with a delicate taste of alcohol and more fruity/hop mix -- just reminding you how strong this beer actually is.

M & D: The foam melts over the tongue, adding to the creamy feel. The carbonation is very prevalent, but not biting.
The beer almost drinks like a champagne.

Hands down, the most impressive bottled beer I've ever had. Duvel seems appropriate to me almost any time of the year, except maybe the dog days of summer. Unless you're sitting in a cold room drinking this, lightly chilled. Mmmm.

Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 75 cl.

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head. Good retention.

S: Smells of citrus malts, green apples, spice fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

T: T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges.

M: Full and fluffy mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well.

Photo of velosuds
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clear pint glass. If I drank this from a Duvel tulip glass, would it garner a higher score? Best before 01/2012? If true, why hurry?

A-Pours a pale clear, golden yellow. Looks a lot like a pilsner. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, stick lace. I have never seen a beer produce such profuse lace. A gorgeous appearing beer.

S-Aroma was the weakest characteristic to me. Present were fruity, yeasty, sweet candy and malty notes.

T-Tantalizing. Bohemian hops and pilsner malts predominate producing an amazingly crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a very slight, pleasantly so, clove like yeast taste. Surprisingly, I can't taste the alcohol. I like this better as the temperature rises above the brewer's recommended 40-50 degree Fahrenheit.

M-Very smooth for 8.5% ABV. Carbonation level is perfect. Light like a pilsner, but full flavored like an ale. The Moortgat Family hit a home run with this, if they can appreciate the metaphor from the great American pastime.

D-Amazingly so, for a beer with 8.5% ABV. I only believe this because of the label and the beginning of a buzz.

This is a world class, extraordinary beer. Wish I had a good-looking stranger to enjoy this with, as the label suggests, but then I would need more than one 750ml bottle.

Photo of Brabander
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a very good and refreshing strong beer. I drank it in the original tulip glass. The beer has to be served cold. For the rest its as the others reviewers wrote.

Normally i drink this beer in summer as a thirstbuster. Not more than two because else the beer is like its name; a real devil.

Photo of Anthony1
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow crystal clear body with a few strands of tiny bubbles. The head is a thick creamy white cloud that turns rocky after the beer sits for a bit. This beer has nice Belgian lace throughout the drink.

S- The smell of perfume and light yeast and hints of pears and pepper are noted in the background.

T- Soft fruity notes are blended with a hint of spice and sourness. The fruit has qualities of pears, oranges with a slight buttery corn hint but it is very light. This finish has a nice hop bitterness that mixes with the spiciness of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel with a hint of fizz in the texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is truly light and it does have some nice complexity in flavor. The buttery corn notes as it warmed seem to interfere with the other flavors but not a great deal. The head is simply incredible and the lace just last and last. This is one fizzy yellow beer that is wonderful.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz squat brown pop top with nice label and pouring instructions; best-by date clearly marked (10-2011); poured this out into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark golden beer with massive carbonation and a huge creamy white whipped cream head with amazing retention.

Smell: Bright, sweet pear aromas up front...it's like cutting up a fresh pear...the fruity aromas are the strongest here, though there are touches of honey and and spice in the background as well.

Taste: Sweet stone fruits and pear, some spicy phenols, and a big kick of alcohol. Some mild, very lightly toasty malt in the background as well. I swear I get a touch of vanilla in here too. Some nice spicy hop bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, prickly, yet somehow creamy at the same time...medium alcoholic feel here as well.

Drinkability: Dangerously high

Conclusion: A classic, and truly worth all the press it gets...not something I drink all the time, but I'm always impressed when I come back to it.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an exceptional beer.

Appearance- light golden color, good, thick head, good lacing

Smell- sweet malts, fruit

Taste- Explosion of fruit!, very nice

Mouthfeel- full bodied, dry

Drinkability- excellent, definitely will drink again, It is so delicious and refreshing.

Photo of zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty into it's natural domain, a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nice pale, straw color with an enormous, sticky head that leaves a tinge of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and yeast, apple, clove and pear. Not bad.

Taste: What an explosion of taste. Bright fruits and yeast jump out at you up front. Finishes with a touch of sourness but so clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. Full-bodied, sharp and leaves your mouth dry and wanting more. Stings your tongue just enough.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% beer, this hides its alcohol very well. Pretty drinkable for what it is.

I don't know why, but I thought this beer might have been hyped a little too much, perhaps because it's so available. After trying it, this is definitely not the case. Hugely flavorful and complex, this is an excellent brew. I look forward to trying more beers from Duvel Moortgat, if I get the opportunity. Make no mistake, this is an exceptional beverage.

Photo of Paisan
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Duvel", Flemish (not Dutch!) for "devil", is very aptly named, for this can be a sneaky little bastard. This beer is so drinkable, and the alcohol so well hidden that you tend to forget this is 8.5 ABV, and before you know it, it bites you in the lower posterior regions.

Pour this gently (sediment!) in its tulip glass, and you will create a whirlpool of gold, a tornado in a field of barley under a towering white cloud - and just like the weather in Flanders, this cloud will not easily disappear.
After the rising rain has stopped, you notice the nearby orchard, you can smell the apples and pears.
And then you get high on the bittersweet sensation of being part of and immersion in Nature's abundance.

This will quench your thirst any time: aperitif, with your meal, digestif, on a sunny terrace... The well-present bitterness of the fine hops is nicely balanced by the slight sweetness of the alcohol - the only indication you'll get of its presence... until it's too late.

This is most definitely not an average beer, but luckily in Belgium this is an EVERYDAY beer!
This is one every beer afficionado should try, over and over. Schol!

Photo of MrDanno96
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head and a medium amount of lacing.

S: Lots of fresh fruit comes to the nose; grains and some hops also.

T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges. Some hops and slight tartness are apparent, especially in the aftertaste. Where is all the alcohol?

M: Lots of carbonation and a medium body. Leaves the mouth tingling, but in a good way.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well. If it weren't for the alcohol content, I would definitely session with this. This is a great Belgian style ale that is also widely available. I've seen it in my local grocery store before.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl.

Pours a faintly hazy lemony gold. Thick pillowy white head hangs around for a while.

Smells of citrus malts, fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

Tastes similar, citrusy and fresh with a yeasty tartness.

Full and fluffy mouthfeel with light but consistent carbonation.

Fantastic! Easy to drink, hides its alcohol well, sweet and citrusy, everything a light colored Belgian ale should be.

Photo of Mavajo
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

The thing that really makes this beer stand out, IMO, is its appearance. This is a gorgeous beer. Pours a pale yellow, slightly cloudy color. The head is absolutely tremendous - frothy, voluptuous excellence. Abundant lacing and great head retention. Head eventually settles into a thin crown around the glass, with a nice island of frothy head floating around. Truly gorgeous beer.

Smell is of fruity sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell - there's a slight spiciness here that's noticed immediately. Kind of lemon/citrus thing going on. Mild bitterness that becomes most noticed during the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Extremely drinkable. This thing is a pleasure on the tastebuds. There is a definite warming sensation, but the alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Sunshine yellow, bright light with a huge towering rocky head. Two inch thick and sustainable head. Nice thick lace. The total appearance looks like lemon merang pie.

Smell is juicey ripe friut and spicey hop; peppery.

Taste is a creamy buttered biscuit with marmalade and spicey pepper in the finish.

This is outstanding! I am very pleased.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass I just got in the mail from BeerGeekShop.com
Poured a golden hazy straw with massive billowy stark white head. It looks like a beer should. The head on this beer left me in awe. Leaves chunky lacing as the head retreats.
Smells of fruity and sour, is reminiscent of a saison or a weak gueuze. This sour does not really translate into the taste of this beer, only a slight tartness on the back end.
This beer tastes balances grain and fruit pretty well. The grain from the malt is what strikes the palate first with a bread ike characteristic then the fruit makes itself apparent as the beer creeps back. The fruit tastes like a bitter and sour green apple, maybe even the tart twang of a white grape. Nice dry finish.
Lively beer in the mouth. High carbonation, very light, with a dry finish
I enjoyed this beer, but I think it is better suited for an earlier time of day. I picture it best to be enjoyed in the early afternoon overlooking some rolling hills in the countryside. The light grain character to it makes it refreshing like a good Pilsener. The malt and the hop are very balanced, in accordance to the style. They are so well balanced in fact, initially it was hard to discern where one ended and one began.
This is a nice refreshing beer to have, but not entirely sessionable, a little too much carbonation and at 8.1%, I don't think you want to be drinking these all day, or the Duvel in you might come out.

Photo of bump8628
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with best before of 2012.

Served in a Duvel tulip at 45 degrees. Brilliantly clear light golden body with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. How a beer could look more perfect than a perfectly poured Duvel into the corresponding glass is beyond me.

The aroma is lightly fruity with notes of pear, apple, banana, and honey followed by deeper vanilla and black pepper tones as it warms.

The beer hits the tongue with an initial wave of yeast-derived fruitiness and a light hop spice coupled with the clean flavor of Belgian and French pilsener malts. An elegant bitterness shows up just before the ultra-dry and silky ale leaves the palate. The 8%+ alcohol is nowhere to be found.

As quickly as this complex, refresing ale hits the taste buds it goes, leaving the palate cleansed with a tickle of carbonation as it's swallowed.

This has to be the most refreshing beer on planet Earth. A devil of a beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 11 2011. Pours a medium yellow color with a huge white head that sticks around a good while. Tons of lacing as the foam forms a sweet looking mesa in the middle of the tulip glass. Exceptional looking beer.

Nose is of bready and fruity yeast, light graininess, rock candy and grassy hops. All the ingredients of beer are detectable in almost equal amounts in the aroma, very nice.

Grainy malt and alcohol are the first things to hit my palate with some bready yeast coming shortly after. Then a sharp bitterness at the end, accentuated by some more of the alcohol. Body is light and carbonation is high, perfect for the style. This is the quintessential Belgian golden ale and is always a fun beer to drink. The four-packs do not last very long in my fridge.

Photo of kbeals
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale gold color with plenty of white, frothy head. As I was expecting, excellent lacing and head retention were a key feature for this beer.

S- Lots of cloves, very spicy. A bit of a sweet backbone to it, but the spices really dominate this one.

T- Once again, cloves and spices. Finishes off slightly dry. No boozy taste to it which I was kind of expecting.

M- Light-medium bodied with lots of carbonation. I could sit there and watch the bubbles rising to the top of the beer giving way to the aforementioned excellent head.

D- Pretty good for the high ABV. The beer isn't very boozy, just spicy so it makes it a pretty easy drinker.

Photo of jgasparine
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured for me by Christian Bauweraerts, co-founder of Brasserie d'Achouffe (what a gift!)

A- Poured carefully into a tulip glass with a hand-high rocky white head, which was well retained and SLOWLY gave way to some incredible lacing. The body was a bright yellow featuring abundant visible carbonation. Just picture perfect- my words do it no justice!

S- Classic yeasty belgian aromas and pale malts are accompanied by some spritzy stale hops in the nose. Further examination reveals TINY hints of straw and earth.

T- The taste is simple, yet elegant- pale crackerlike malts meet low-alpha hot bitterness. It all ends with a long and dry finish.

M- TONS of carbonation. This beer is very well attenuated, thus making a thin body.

D- A pleasure to look at, smells wonderful, and super-tasty... very very drinkable until the 8.1% ABV gets you!!

Photo of silverelizard
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, it foamed up with a great white head, that left lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The very nice soft golden color reminded me of ripened wheat fields, and the bubbles that continued to fizz after the pour made it a great drink to look at, let alone drink. The aroma ascending from the delightful little bubbles was very nice, a bright floral zesty scent.

I expected to have my mouth knocked around a bit with the alcohol content of 8.5, but it was exceedingly drinkable! I was surprised! The flavor is sunny, with a zest that holds some citrus notes (to my palate anyway) and leaves a mild and rather lingering (though not unpleasant aftertaste).

This beer was recommended to by by a little shop owner who thought it was great fun to tease me about American macros! He was great though, and this is the first of a long line of recommendations the nice gentleman gave me. Expect more!

Photo of Spidey13
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel pours a beautiful pale straw/gold with a huge fluffy white head that leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. The nose has lemon zest and pilsner malt notes. Maybe a bit of pear and pepper.

The flavor has more lemon zest along with some banana notes. There is a good size punch of hop bitterness on the back end that quickly leaves and the beer finishes dry. I got no hint of the high ABV on this. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with very high carbonation.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, thirst-quenching beer.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,965 ratings.